MAGNUM FORCE
1973, Warner Bros., 124 min, Dir: Ted Post

In what may be the best of the high-caliber franchise, Clint Eastwood returns as “Dirty” Harry Callahan, a San Francisco cop who carries an imposing .44 magnum. This time he’s on the trail of traffic cops (including David Soul, Tim Matheson and Robert Urich) turned vigilantes. John Milius and Michael Cimino penned the taut script.


BIG JAKE
1971, National General, 110 min, USA, Dir: George Sherman

John Wayne is Jacob McCandles, a former gunfighter summoned by his estranged family when his grandson (played by Wayne’s son Ethan) is kidnapped. Ruthless outlaw Richard Boone holds the boy hostage in Mexico, demanding a fortune in ransom; Big Jake rides in for a shootout rather than a pay-off. With music by Elmer Bernstein and plenty of bloody action (writers Harry and Rita Fink also penned DIRTY HARRY), this is one of the Duke’s best latter-day Westerns. Co-starring Maureen O'Hara.


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